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Important Definitions & Rules To Know
A prospect is an individual who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospect if the institution provides any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospects generally. A prospect remains a prospect until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):

  • The individual registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution's regular academic year; or
  • The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term; or
  • The individual officially registers and enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment and receives institutional athletics aid.

Official Visit
A visit by a prospect financed in whole or in part by the member institution. Prospective student-athletes may take a maximum of 5 (five) official visits, with no more than one permitted to any single institution.

Unofficial Visit
A visit to an institution's campus at the prospects own expense. There is no limit on the number of unofficial visits a prospect may take to each institution. An institution may provide complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event in which the institution's team competes and transportation to view off-campus practice or competition sites within a 30-mile radius of the institution's campus when accompanied by a staff member.

National Letter of Intent
An official document administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association utilized by subscribing member institutions to establish the commitment of prospective student-athletes to attend a particular institution in return for receiving an athletics scholarship.

Telephone Calls to Prospective Student-Athletes
In sports other than football and basketball: Telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made before July 1st following the completion of the prospect's junior year in high school; thereafter, staff members shall not make such telephone calls more than once per week.

Men's Basketball: One telephone call per month may be made to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospect's parents or legal guardian(s)] on or after June 15th of the prospective student-athlete's sophomore year in high school through July 31st of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school. An institution is permitted to make two telephone calls per week to a prospect [or the prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s)] beginning August 1st prior to the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school. An institution is permitted to make one telephone call per week to a two-year or four-year college prospective student-athlete [or the prospect's parents or legal guardian(s)].

Women's Basketball: One telephone call to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospect's parents or legal guardian(s)] may be made during each of the months of April and May of the prospect's junior year in high school. One call may be made June 1st through June 20th and one call may be made June 21st through June 30th of the prospect's junior year in high school. In addition, only three telephone calls to a prospect [or prospect's parents or legal guardian(s)] may be made during the month of July following the prospect's junior year in high school, with no more than one telephone call per week; thereafter, staff members shall not make such telephone calls more than once per week.

The following points are provided to help protect you from the loss of your eligibility due to agent and professional sport activities. Your sport may have additional restrictions on when and how agents may contact you - see your head coach for these sport policies. You may also contact the Compliance Services Staff for assistance with amateurism questions and acquiring market value assessments through professional sport organizations.

Information for Sports Agents and Financial Advisors

NCAA’s Guide to a Career in Professional Athletics  

Do/Don’t Agents/Advisors/Runner

  • DO’s

o  You MAY request information from a professional team or organization concerning your professional market value.

o  You are permitted to use your head coach to contact agents, professional sports team or organizations on your behalf. (However, your coach is not permitted to receive any compensation for these services.)

o  You, or your parents or legal guardians, MAY negotiate with a professional team.

o  You MAY secure advice from an attorney or third party concerning a proposed professional contract, provided the attorney or third party does not represent you in negotiations for that contract. An attorney may not be present during discussions of a contract offer with a professional team, nor may the attorney have direct contact (in person, by telephone, by regular mail or email) with the professional sports organization (this would be considered representation). You are required to pay such an individual at their normal rate.

o  You MAY compete professionally in one sport and be an amateur in another. Signing a professional contract, however, may terminate your eligibility for an athletics scholarship in any sport.

o  You MAY retain an agent whose duties are specifically limited in writing to representing you only in the sport(s) in which you compete as a professional.

o  In sports other than football or basketball, you MAY enter a professional league draft once during your collegiate career without jeopardizing your eligibility, provided you are not drafted and you declare your intent to return to college in writing to the Director of Athletics within 72 hours following the draft. (See Compliance Services for basketball draft information and rules.)

o  You MAY try-out with a professional athletics team at any time, provided you do NOT miss any class time. You may receive expenses provided the tryout lasts no more than 48-hours. Tryouts longer than 48 hours must be paid for by you, but you still cannot miss class time to engage in this tryout

  • DON’Ts

o  You may NOT agree (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing your athletics ability or reputation in that sport. An agent contract that is not specifically limited in writing to a particular sport is applicable to all sports.

o  Once an agreement (oral or written) is made with an agent or to compete in professional athletics, you are ineligible for participation in that intercollegiate sport, regardless of the legal enforceability of the contract.

o  You may NOT agree (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent until after your eligibility has ended, including your team’s post-season competition.

o  You, your relatives, or your friends, may NOT accept benefits from an agent, financial advisor, runner or any other person associated with an agency business. These benefits include (but are not limited to) transportation, money and gifts, regardless of the value of the benefit or whether it is used.

o  You may NOT retain professional services (legal advice) for personal reasons at less than the normal charge.

o  A coach or other member of the athletics staff at your institution may NOT, directly or indirectly, market your athletics ability or reputation to a professional sports team or organization (except as allowed by the head coach in the DO’S section).

o  If you reach an agreement with an agent, your college has the choice of whether to cancel your athletics scholarship as of that day forward.